Calvary Day School and the Growing Sport of Wrestling

IMG_2178Not long ago when I thought about wrestling it would bring up images in my mind of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, The Rock, or John Cena slamming someone to the ground or jumping from the top rope of the ring onto some helpless opponent. Having lived in Savannah for most of my life, I knew of the sport of wrestling (not the WWF kind), but I only watched it when the Olympics came around. My idea of wrestling has changed a great deal over the last two years with the sport of wrestling being added at our school. High school wrestling is not about showmanship, like WWF. It is one of the most grueling HS sports today, one that requires both mental toughness and physical endurance. Calvary offers wrestling to all age groups, from elementary to high school. Our wrestling program has made great strides over the last two years not only in winning a number of matches, but also increasing the awareness of the sport in our community. In recent weeks we have had over 150 wrestlers here for two tournaments. At these tournaments, we had 20 students participating from our youth and middle school teams. We also have had tremendous parent support through helping in concessions, working tables, providing a hospitality room, taking up money, doing weigh-ins, set up and breakdown as well as cheering for our athletes. Coaches Steve Harris and Rich Hatch have done a great job of promoting our wrestling program as well as coaching our wrestlers. We are so proud of our wrestlers! Ten high school wrestlers qualified for Sectionals, with five of those wrestlers advancing to the State tournament held this weekend! Wrestling is an exciting sports program that is on the rise at Calvary.   

A little more about Jackie Hamilton...

Jackie Hamilton holds a B.S. in health and physical education and an M.Ed. in health and physical education from the University of Georgia. Hamilton attends Calvary Baptist Temple and abides by John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” Hamilton enjoys being with his family and friends, sports, the competition that comes with playing the game, and the successes of his students.

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